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Filmmaker David Lynch is leading a meditation revival
by Brooke Sopelsa
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Translate This Article
2 January 2007
On 2 January 2007 St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported:
Transcendental Meditation is undergoing a resurgence with filmmaker David Lynch, a long-time practitioner of TM, at the centre of the revival. Currently, with this new book on meditation, consciousness, and creativity, and his new foundation that promotes TM in schools, he is enthusiastically promoting TM to others.
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The film director said that he has been practising Transcendental Meditation for thirty years—never missing a day.
Lynch's new semi-autobiographical book 'Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness and Creativity' describes how his consistent practice of meditation 'has helped him become one of the world's most famous film directors', the article stated.
The book tells 'how he comes up with ideas for his films, how he puts his thoughts into action', The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch quoted Lynch as saying, '''Catching the Big Fish'' refers to catching ideas.'
In 2005, Lynch became interested in promoting TM in schools after he heard an inner-city school principle speak at a conference where the principle explained how TM helped reduce violence in schools while at the same time increase the academic performance of the students.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, 'Four months later, in July 2005, he formed the David Lynch Foundation to get the word out about TM to middle school and high school students. According to Bob Roth, the vice president of Lynch's foundation, the organization has already financed TM programs in 30 schools, with roughly 100 more schools waiting for help. About $3 million—including $200,000 of Lynch's money—has been spent on the programs, and the proceeds of Lynch's book will go to the programs.'
Carmen N'Namdi, a principal at the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit where 100 students practice TM twice a day, was quoted in the article as saying, 'The students really have enjoyed it. They like it, and they say they feel more rested and calmed down.'
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